Coker to Host 40th Annual Faculty Art Show

For more information, contact Barb Steadman - 843.857.4199

HARTSVILLE – Jan. 3, 2013 – Coker College’s 40th Annual Faculty Art Show opens at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 with a public reception in the Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery. The reception is free and refreshments will be served.

Professors Jean Grosser, Jim Boden, Ken Maginnis, Larry Merriman and Courtney Richards will be present for the reception to discuss their artwork.

The Coker College Art Department annually mounts a January exhibition of the work produced by its faculty. The presentations offer the college and community an opportunity to see the faculty’s most recent work and give students a chance to see their professors practicing what they teach.

Grosser, chair of the department, has taught at Coker since 1985. She will show drawings from her “Fragments of Hate” series. Grosser’s drawings are large reproductions of crumpled pages torn from the neo-Nazi text, “The White Man’s Bible.” Although her initial reaction was to burn, shoot and bolt shut these hateful texts, she has decided the best response is to expose them to the light of day.

A graphic designer, Maginnis joined Coker in 1999. In addition to teaching and doing design work for the department and college, Maginnis designs Web sites and promotional materials for businesses and individuals. He will include a selection of his recent posters in the show.

Although Boden, who also joined the faculty in 1999, is on sabbatical, he will show a selection of recent paintings. Using what he refers to as a “greyed-down pallet,” Boden’s paintings may initially appear to be black and white images, but they are, in fact, full of subtle colors.

Merriman has taught and served as director of Coker’s gallery since 1988. Long interested in resource use and misuse, Merriman will display a new sculpture from his series of temporary sculptures. The work selected for this show is made from shredded paper recycled from Merriman’s home and office.

Richards, who is serving the department during Boden’s sabbatical, will show charcoal drawings that portray various figures falling through the air or expressing extremes of anguish, anger and pain.

The Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery is located in the Gladys C. Fort Art Building on the Coker College campus. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, while classes are in session.  The Faculty Art Show continues through Feb. 1 and will be replaced by an exhibition of pastel and mixed-media works by Abby McLaurin, which opens Feb. 4.

For more information about the gallery, contact Merriman at 843-383-8156 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit

Coker College upholds and defends the intellectual and artistic freedom of its faculty and students as they study and create art through which they explore the full spectrum of human experience. The college considers such pursuits central to the spirit of inquiry and thoughtful discussion, which are at the heart of a liberal arts education.


Image:  From top, works by Coker College art faculty Jean Grosser, Jim Boden, Ken Maginnis, Larry Merriman and Courtney Richards.




Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.


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